May 9, 1912: Life in the Northern Party’s cave at Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”–
“We have had another quiet day in bed, and the wind still blows strongly.  Campbell and Levick talk a good deal about future plans and about food, but I am content for the most part to lie and dream about past times, and not worry my head about the future.  It is wonderful how contented we are simply with the physical comfort of warmth and rest, in spite of the absence of communication either with home or with the other parties.

“We occasionally talk of the possibility of relief by the ship’s party in June or at the beginning of July, if she is ashore in Granite Harbor, or anywhere around there, but I should prefer above all things for the ship to have been driven north in February with all hands on board.”

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